Wichita State, Memphis Coming to Sanford Pentagon in November

Both teams finished regular season nationally ranked

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Two NCAA men’s basketball teams that finished the regular season nationally ranked and are heading to the NCAA tournament will visit the Sanford Pentagon for a regular-season contest early in the 2014-15 season. Wichita State University and the University of Memphis will play on Heritage Court Nov. 18. 

Pentagon_Wichita_Memphis_300X150The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Wichita State, presently ranked No. 2 in the country in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls, is 34-0 this season and will be the first team to enter the NCAA tournament undefeated since UNLV in 1991. The Shockers secured both the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles.

Memphis, which was 19th in both regular-season national polls but dropped out of this week’s rankings, is 23-9. The Tigers finished tied for third place in the final American Athletic Conference standings and advanced to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

“Each year, the Pentagon looks to bring in a marquee basketball game that allows the community to enjoy an event not normally available in our own backyard,” said Eric Larsen, general manager of the Sanford Sports Complex. “Hosting games of this caliber allows us to showcase the first-class people, services and facilities in Sioux Falls and this region.”

Last November, the Pentagon hosted a regular-season game between the University of Wisconsin and St. John’s University men’s basketball programs and an NBA exhibition game featuring the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks.

Tickets for the game will go on sale this summer. A game time has yet to be determined.

About the Sanford Pentagon
The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, SD, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball.

The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball tournaments and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. For more information, visit sanfordpentagon.com.


Contact:

Tim Gerszewski
Sanford Media Strategist – Sioux Falls Region
(605) 366-2432 / timothy.gerszewski@sanfordhealth.org
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